CentralCHRIE Federation

Federation Overview
Meet the Board




Susan Gordon, President of CentralCHRIE
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Welcome to CentralCHRIE!

Hello, CentralCHRIE Members,

It was wonderful to see many of you at the annual conference in Washington, D.C.! Thank you to everyone who voted in the CentralCHRIE elections. Please join me in congratulating our new board members:

  • Vice President – Amy Bardwell, Illinois State University (previously the Director of Education)
  • Treasurer – Lu Zhang, Michigan State University
  • Director of Education  – Lan Li, Northern Illinois University
  • Director of Research – Hugo Tang, Purdue University
  • Director of Member Services – Yeasun Chung, Oklahoma State University

They joined our returning board members:

  • Immediate Past President – Ajai Ammachathram, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Secretary – Chris Woodruff, Lake Michigan College
  • Director of Industry Relations – Kristin Malek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Director of Marketing – James Hu, St. Ambrose University
  • Director of Networking – Shawn Jung, Purdue University                            

We appreciate their willingness to serve our organization. We would also like to recognize Mary Jo Dolasinski from DePaul University for her service as our Immediate Past President in 2021-2022, and for her service to the ICHRIE organization as one of the conference organizers for the 2022 annual conference in Washington, D.C.

We are delighted to host our annual CentralCHRIE Conference in conjunction with Purdue University’s Spirit of Hospitality Summit on September 29th and 30th in West Lafayette, Indiana. The summit will bring together students, faculty, and industry for keynotes, breakout sessions, and a poster session sponsored by CentralCHRIE. Registration is free for all to attend, and you may click on this link to register and view the schedule. Poster submissions are due September 4th and may be submitted to this link. We have tracks for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty & industry.

We will also continue to hold our monthly Zoom In! sessions, so please follow our social media for the latest on those sessions. If you are interested in presenting one of the sessions or have an idea for a session, please contact Lan Li at [email protected]. Afterall, we continue to put the central in CentralCHRIE by focusing on our members!

Susan Gordon
CentralCHRIE President




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